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Spring 2017 Program Highlights


SATURDAY, MARCH 11

THE SHADOW (4-24-38) “The Power of the Mind” starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston, with Agnes Moorehead as the lovely Margot Lane. The Shadow investigates the disappearance of a chemist who has just invented a powerful new explosive. Ken Roberts announces. Goodrich Tires, MBS. (29 min)
DRENE TIME (4-20-47) Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas star in this variety series, with announcer Toby Reed and Carmen Dragon and the Orchestra. Frances sings “I Know That You Know” and “Would You Believe Me?”; Danny fantasizes about being a movie producer at “Metro Goldwyn Thomas”; Langford and Ameche perform a Bickersons sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (30 min)
X MINUS ONE (1-23-57) “Open Warfare,” starring Jack Grimes, Larry Haines and Wendell Holmes in a story about a golfer whose efforts to win $50,000 put him in competition with a most unusual opponent. Fred Collins announces. Sustaining, NBC. (23 min)
BUGHOUSE RHYTHM (12-28-36) A humorous musical program, presenting popular songs in a highbrow manner. A. Archibald Pressley hosts, with “conductor” Dr. John Brunker Meakin. Songs include “Swing, Swing, Mother-in-Law” and “Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day.” Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (13 min)
PLAYS FOR AMERICANS (3-15-42) “Letter at Midnight” starring Lt. James Stewart as a college student who writes to his father about the world situation and an Austrian girl he met on campus. Cast: Mercedes McCambridge, Gloria Blondell, Byron Kane, Lou Merrill, Byron Palmer. Produced and directed by Arch Oboler. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
DUFFY’S TAVERN (5-26-48) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the Manager, with Eddie Green, Sandra Gould as Miss Duffy, Charlie Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, announcer Rod O’Connor and guest Rex Harrison. Archie’s hoping to get married and wants some advice from Rex. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 18
PARTNERS IN CRIME SOLVING

LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-8-36) “The Thin Man,” starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, with Minna Gombell, Porter Hall and William Henry, all from the original cast of the 1934 movie. A detective is joined by his wife as he comes out of retirement to find a missing person and solve a murder. Hosted by W.S. Van Dyke, the director of the film, with guest appearances by screenwriter James Seymour and actress Theda Bara. Lux Soap, CBS. (15 min & 20 min & 24 min) Read the article about the Thin Man movies in the Winter 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MR. AND MRS. NORTH (10-14-52) “Fool’s Gold” starring Joseph Curtin and Alice Frost as Jerry and Pam North, in a story involving an attorney, a bribe, a hung jury... and murder. Adler Sewing Machines, CBS. (30 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-17-40) “After the Thin Man” starring William Powell and Myrna Loy in a radio adaptation of the second film of the Thin Man series. Nick Charles comes out of retirement when his wife’s cousin is suspected of murdering her husband. Cast includes Julie Bowen, Fred MacKaye, Ynez Seabury, Cecil B. DeMIlle hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 21 min & 18 min)
CANDY MATSON (5-21-51) “Candy’s Last Case,” starring Natalie Masters as Candy in the last show of the series, with Henry Leff as Lt. Mallard and Jack Thomas as Rembrandt Watson. Dudley Manlove announces. Candy and Rembrandt follow Lt. Mallard, who has been acting strange of late. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)

SATURDAY, MARCH 25

DRAGNET (7-13-50) “The Big Bomb” starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday, Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero. The police must stop a man who is threatening to blow up City Hall unless his brother is released from jail. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (11-27-48) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper, “Two people who live together and like it.” When Liz decides to take a closer look at her new neighbors, she finds herself minding their baby. Cast includes Frank Nelson. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (2-3-16) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actors William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett, who speak by telephone from their home in California about their careers in radio, movies, television and the stage. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (30 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Winter 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (11-1-47) Ralph Edwards is master of ceremonies , with announcer Harlow Wilcox. Consequences include a waterbed and a man forced to sit on a barrel. Duz, NBC. (28 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (2-3-16) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett. (25 min)
MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (12-2-46) “The Man Who Died Yesterday,” starring Stewart Brody and Mandel Kramer. A man born on a ship while it passed the International Date Line has the ability to see 24 hours into the future. Syndicated. (26 min)

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Throughout today’s show, we’ll draw from our collection of comedy and novelty records to bring you some April Foolishness from Spike Jones, Stan Freberg, Bob and Ray, Andy Griffith, Tom Lehrer and many others — plus, we’ll tune in to three April 1 broadcasts from the Golden Age of Radio:

COMMAND PERFORMANCE #6 (4-1-42) From New York, with master of ceremonies Kay Kyser, singers Bea Wain and Ella Logan, comedian Lou Holtz, sportscaster Wendy Davis and Eddie Cantor, who recites “The Ballad of Leatherneck Corps.” AFRS. (30 min)
MEL BLANC SHOW (4-1-47) It’s “The Man of a Thousand Voices” starring in his own show, with Mary Jane Croft as Betty, Joe Kearns as Mr. Colby, Alan Reed, Hans Conried, the Sportsmen Quartet, Victor Miller and the Orchestra. On April Fool’s Day, Mel makes a prank phone call to Mr. Colby about a million-dollar inheritance. Colgate Tooth Powder, CBS. (24 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (4-1-46) Basil Rathbone stars as Holmes, with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. An attempt to trick Holmes with an April Fool’s Day prank backfires when a valuable emerald is stolen. Cast includes Paul Frees. Harry Bartell announces. Petri Wines, MBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, APRIL 8
THOSE WERE THE DAYS: DORIS, DENNIS AND LARAINE

DORIS DAY SHOW (3-28-52) First show of the series, with announcer Roy Rowan and guests Grace Kahn and Danny Thomas, who played Gus Kahn opposite Doris in the movie I’ll See You in My Dreams. Doris and Danny re-create a scene from the movie and Doris sings “Who, Who, Who,” “A Guy is a Guy” and others. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min) Read the article about Doris Day in the Spring 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY (3-26-47) With Barbara Eiler as Mildred, Dink Trout and Paula Winslowe as Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, John Brown, Elliott Lewis, Charles Dant and the Orchestra, announcer Verne Smith. Dennis tries to help when the Andersons look to sell their home and buy a larger one. Dennis sings “Managua, Nicaragua” and “We Could Make Beautiful Music Together.” Colgate Dental Cream, NBC. (29 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (5-17-49) From Long Beach, California, with announcer Hy Averback, Doris Day, Irene Ryan, Jack Kirkwood, Bill Farrell, Four Hits and A Miss, Les Brown and His Orchestra, guest Lucille Ball. Bob and Doris take Bob’s boat to Long Beach; later, Bob and Lucille parody silent movie serials. Swan Soap, NBC. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-18-43) “Mr. Lucky” starring Cary Grant and Laraine Day in a radio version of their 1943 film. A gambler escapes the draft but ends up working for a war relief effort to be near a beautiful society girl. Cast includes Arthur Hohl, Verna Felton, Eddie Marr, Ed Emerson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Griff Barnett, Charles Seel, Ken Christy. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 22 min & 16 min)
RAILROAD HOUR (11-21-49) “No, No, Nanette” starring Gordon MacRae and guest Doris Day in a radio adaptation of the Broadway show, with music by Vincent Youmans, Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach. A young heiress, craving excitement, flees to Atlantic City. Songs include the title song, “Tea For Two” and “I Want to Be Happy.” Cast includes Verna Felton, Alan Reed. Marvin Miller announces. Association of American Railroads, NBC. (30 min)

SATURDAY, APRIL 15
RADIO’S EASTER BASKET

QUIZ KIDS (3-28-48) From Chicago, an Easter Sunday edition, with quizmaster Joe Kelly and experts Joel Kupperman, Lonne Lunde, Patrick Conlon, Richard Wexler. The Kids are asked to write a poem, “My Mother’s Easter Bonnet.” Alka-Seltzer, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-5-42) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson. It’s Easter Sunday and Jack talks about the Easter Parade. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
MOBILGAS NEWS PROGRAM (4-20-42) Chicago newsman Fahey Flynn reports on the news of the world, two days after Gen. James H. Doolittle’s “sizable raid” on the Japanese mainland. Mobil Gas, WBBM. (15 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-20-42) “One Foot in Heaven” starring Fredric March and Martha Scott in a radio version of the 1941 film, about a minister and his family as they move from one parish to another. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min and 25 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (4-15-49) It’s Red’s first show for his new sponsor, with Rod O’Connor, Verna Felton, David Rose and the Orchestra. Red and David go shopping to buy an Easter hat for Red’s wife; along the way, they encounter Deadeye and Junior’s grandma. Tide, NBC. (30 min)
CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (4-21-57) “The Son of Man: A Passion Play,” with text “arranged” by Archibald MacLeish. The story of the Passion, as read by Herbert Marshall, Robert Young, Victor Jory and Vincent Price. Introduced by Raymond Burr. Sustaining, CBS. (24 min)

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

DICK TRACY (2-21-38) The first of five consecutive episodes involving the Black Pearl of Osiris, with Ned Wever as Tracy, whose partner Pat Patton is hypnotized by the mysterious Mogul. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, NBC. (15 min) Read the article about Dick Tracy in the Spring 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
DICK TRACY (2-22-38) The next consecutive episode of “The Black Pearl of Osiris” story. Dryden Small escapes from the hospital and helps the Mogul capture Dick and Pat. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, NBC. (15 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (5-14-47) With Jane Powell, The Pied Pipers, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra and guests George Burns and Gracie Allen. Gracie explains the different methods of swooning and gives Jane advice about how to handle men. Frank sings “Time After Time” and “Begin the Beguine”; Jane sings “A Kiss in the Dark.” Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (28 min)
DICK TRACY (2-23-38) The next consecutive episode of “The Black Pearl of Osiris” story. Dick and Pat escape. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, NBC. (15 min)
TREASURY STAR PARADE #21 (4-3-42) “Address Unknown” starring Frederic March and Laird Cregar in a radio version of the story by Katherine Kressman Taylor, about the relationship between a Jewish art dealer in America and a German friend who has returned to his homeland. U.S. Treasury Department, Syndicated. (15 min)
DICK TRACY (2-24-38) The “Black Pearl of Osiris” story continues as Junior is kidnapped, but manages to send a secret message to Tracy. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, NBC. (15 min)
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (10-1-47) With Arnold Stang, The Harmonaires, announcer Charlie Irving, Bernie Green and the Orchestra. Morgan talks about banks; the Coming Attractions Theatre presents “The Rotten Tomato.” Eversharp, ABC. (29 min)
DICK TRACY (2-25-38) The final chapter in the story of The Black Pearl of Osiris. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, NBC. (15 min)

SATURDAY, APRIL 29
OUR 47th ANNIVERSARY SHOW—“Thanks for Listening”

As we prepare to complete forty-seven years on the air, we’ll celebrate by devoting the afternoon to shows featuring seven of radio’s best-known announcers:

FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-28-42) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with announcer Harlow Wilcox, Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Isabel Randolph, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. In an effort to observe the government’s request to conserve, McGee decides to try cleaning his old straw hat. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about Harlow Wilcox in the Spring 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
AGAINST THE STORM (6-20-40) An isolated episode of the series, written by Sandra Michael. In Arizona, Pascal Tyler receives a letter from Lucretia Hale that contains some big news. Ralph Edwards announces. Ivory Soap, NBC. (14 min)
EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (5-8-46) With announcer Harry Von Zell, Bert Gordon as the Mad Russian, 14-year-old Patsy Bolden, Leonard Suess and the Orchestra and guest John Garfield. Eddie has bought a girls’ baseball team, which is scheduled to play against Garfield’s team on Mother’s Day. Ipana, Trushay, NBC. (29 min)
JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (5-6-42) An isolated episode of the long-running adventure series, with Charles Flynn as Jack, John Gannon as Billy, Sarajane Wells as Betty, Jim Goss as Uncle Jim. Jack and his friends attempt to retrieve two stolen rubies. Franklyn MacCormack announces. Wheaties, MBS. (14 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (10-15-47) Bing Crosby stars, with announcer Ken Carpenter, The Rhythmaires, John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra, and guest Dinah Shore, who joins Bing for “Your Flop Parade.” Ken plays Dinah’s father in a sketch. Philco, ABC. (29 min)
LONE RANGER (12-20-48) “The Lone Bandit” stars Brace Beemer as the Lone Ranger, with John Todd as Tonto, announcer Fred Foy. The Lone Ranger is captured by a notorious bandit who never works with the same gang twice. Syndicated. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-30-49) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Mel Blanc, announcer Don Wilson and guest Frank Sinatra. In honor of Don’s 25th anniversary in radio, Jack presents a sketch, “The Life of Don Wilson.” Frank sings “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.” Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)

SATURDAY, MAY 6

GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-3-42) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lurene Tuttle as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie. Gildy and his family take the train to California, where Marjorie is to christen a new U.S. Naval Liberty Ship. Cast includes Mel Blanc. Kraft Foods, NBC. (30 min)
VIC AND SADE (5-6-42) Art Van Harvey as Vic, Bernardine Flynn as Sade, Bill Idelson as Rush, who is starting a scrap drive with his friends, “The Virginia Avenue Area Sons of Patriotism Salvage Indemnity.” Crisco, NBC. (13 min)
HINDENBURG EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT (5-6-37) WLS reporter Herb Morrison at Lakehurst, New Jersey to record the arrival of the airship Hindenberg from Friedrichschfen, Germany, ended up covering one of the biggest disasters in aviation history as the ship exploded and crashed. Recording engineer Charles Nehlsen captured the dramatic event on discs which were broadcast the next day on the full NBC network, the first recordings broadcast on the network in its ten-year history. WLS/NBC. (22 min and 18 min) May 6, 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the Hindenberg disaster.
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (2-20-49) “The Prisoner of Zenda” starring Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume in a radio version of Colman’s 1937 film, a romantic adventure of dark intrigue, kings and beautiful princesses. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #13 (5-11-42) Edward G. Robinson hosts, with performances by Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards, “Slapsie Maxie” Rosenbloom, Ginny Simms, Parkyarkarkas (Harry Einstein), Milton Berle, Hedy Lamarr, Glenn Miller and the Orchestra, announcer Paul Douglas. Edwards sings “Paddlin’ Madeline Home” and “It Had to Be You”; the Miller band plays “String of Pearls.” War Department. (30 min)
ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (10-26-50) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Revere, whose boyfriend has been asked by his boss to hold onto an expensive piece of jewelry. Cast: Pat McGeehan, Sidney Miller, Joan Banks, Hans Conried, Frank Nelson. Syndicated. (27 min)

SATURDAY, MAY 13

THE WHISTLER (5-16-42) “Retribution” is the first show of the series, with Gale Gordon as The Whistler. A man goes to prison after murdering his wife and stepson for their money. Years later, there is activity in their old house. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-19-42) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Isabel Randolph, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. After complaining about a stack of unpaid bills, Fibber comes to Molly with news that they’re going to be on Easy Street. Johnsons’ Wax, NBC. (30 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-9-40) “Manhattan Melodrama” starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and Don Ameche in a radio version of the 1934 film. Powell and Loy re-create their original screen roles as a crusading District Attorney and the woman who loves him. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (26 min & 15 min & 20 min) Read the article about William Powell and Myrna Loy in the Spring 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (1-9-48) Starring Spike Jones and His City Slickers, with Dorothy Shay, Doodles Weaver and guest Nellie Lutcher, who sings her new song “Do You or Don’t You Love Me?” The City Slickers play “Charlie My Boy” and a calypso number, “People Are Funnier Than Anybody.” Coca-Cola, CBS. (29 min)
THE WHISTLER (5-11-52) “A Matter of Odds” is the story of a hustler who steals a winning lottery ticket and then returns to his home town with the money. With Bill Forman as the Whistler, Lamont Johnson, Gigi Pearson, Tom Tully, Bob Bruce, Bill Bouchey, John Shea. Marvin Miller announces. Signal Oil, CBS. (29 min)

SATURDAY, MAY 20

FORT LARAMIE (7-15-56) “Old Enemy” starring Raymond Burr as Capt. Lee Quince, with Vic Perrin as Sgt. Gorce, Harry Bartell as Lt. Seiberts and Jack Moyles as Maj. Daggett. A man from Lee’s past joins the cavalry and creates tension. Cast: Sam Edwards, Paul Dubov, James Nusser, Herb Vigran. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min) Raymond Burr was born on May 21, 1917.
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (11-5-47) With Candy Candido, Arthur Treacher, announcer Howard Petrie, Tommy Harmon, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra and guest Bing Crosby. Jimmy talks about his new film with Esther Williams and duets with Bing on “Chittibee Chittibee Chittibee.” Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
GREEN HORNET (5-23-42) “A Slip of the Lip” starring Al Hodge as Britt Reid, the Green Hornet. The Hornet investigates a waterfront tavern and learns that enemy agents are using it to obtain transport information. Sustaining, BLUE. (30 min)
JUDY CANOVA SHOW (4-26-47) With Mel Blanc, Joseph Kearns, Ruby Dandridge, Ruth Perrott, George Neise, the Sportsmen Quartet. Judy is excited about going to an opera and masquerade party with her boyfriend Benchley. Colgate-Palmolive, NBC. (29 min)
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (10-13-50) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia and Jack Kruschen as Det. Muggevin. Danny encounters a disoriented young woman who claims to have killed her aunt. Cast: Joyce McCluskey, Herb Butterfield, Peggy Webber, Lou Krugman, David Ellis. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
IT’S TIME TO SMILE (5-27-42) Eddie Cantor stars in this show broadcast from Camp Elliott in San Diego, with Dinah Shore, Bert Gordon as the Mad Russian, announcer Harry von Zell and guest Gracie Allen. Eddie takes a physical in hopes of joining the Marines and Gracie plays a nurse. Ipana, Sal Hepatica, NBC. (29 min)

SATURDAY, MAY 27
BIG BANDS IN 1942

TREASURY STAR PARADE #27 (February 1942) Featuring Kay Kyser and his “Makes-You-Want-To-Dance Band,” along with vocalists Harry Babbitt, Sully Mason and Ish Kabibble. Selections include “When the Roses Bloom Again,” “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree,” and “Deep In The Heart Of Texas.” Larry Elliott announces. U.S. Treasury Department, Syndicated. (15 min)
SPOTLIGHT BANDS (3-7-42) Harry James and his Orchestra (Coca-Cola’s “Band of the Week” with the best-selling record in the land) in a remote broadcast from Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The Music Makers play “You Made Me Love You,” “Tangerine,” “He’s 1-A In the Army,” and other selections. Coca-Cola, MBS. (30 min)
CHESTERFIELD MOONLIGHT SERENADE (6-23-42) A broadcast from New York City featuring Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, along with vocalists Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, Ray Eberle and the Modernaires. Glenn presents a service camp salute; tunes include “Something to Remember You By,” “Moonlight Cocktail,” “One Dozen Roses.” Gil Newsome announces. Chesterfield Cigarettes, CBS. (14 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #64 (12-3-42) Featuring Bob Crosby and his Orchestra, entertaining the war workers of the Lycoming Division of the Aviation Corporation, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Crosby band plays “King Porter Stomp,” “White Christmas,” and other selections; the Bobcats are featured on “It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipperary.” Vocals by Bob Crosby; announcer is Gil Newsome. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (19 min)
(FITCH) BANDWAGON #8 (12-6-42) Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra are the featured band of the week. The Royal Canadians play “Brazil,” “Ev’ry Night About This Time,” and “This Is the Army, Mister Jones.” A sketch re-creating Guy’s 1927 engagement at Chicago’s Granada Café is also heard. Host is Tobe Reed; Special Services Division rebroadcast. (29 min)
THURSDAY EVENING WITH TOMMY DORSEY (9-3-42) “The Minuteman of Music” and his Band are heard from the stage of the Circle Theatre in Indianapolis. Frank Sinatra makes his last appearance with the Dorsey band and introduces his replacement, Dick Haymes. Vocals by Sinatra, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers, with trumpeter Ziggy Elman and drummer Buddy Rich. Bill Frost announces; U.S. Treasury Department, BLUE. (30 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be Big Band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the big bands of 1942 and their role in the war effort.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3

BILL STERN SPORTS NEWSREEL (5-24-46) The famous sportscaster shares stories about Robert L. Ripley and H.G. Wells and welcomes guest Lucille Ball. Colgate, NBC. (15 min)
TEXACO STAR THEATRE (6-7-42) Fred Allen stars, with Portland Hoffa, Kenny Baker, Minerva Pious, John Brown, Alan Reed, Charlie Cantor, announcers Jimmy Wallington and Larry Elliott and guest Jean Arthur, who asks for Fred’s help as she prepares for a USO tour. The March of Trivia examines news about the War Production Board; Kenny sings “Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland.” Texaco, CBS. (35 min and 24 min)
ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (2-23-51) “The Case of the Malevolent Medic” starring Sydney Greenstreet as Nero Wolfe, with Harry Bartell as Archie Goodwin. A doctor is suspected of murder when a patient dies after receiving an injection. Cast includes Jeanne Bates, Vic Perrin, Bill Johnstone. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
CLARA, LU AND EM (6-8-42) The first show of the new series, with Louise Starkey as Clara, Isabella Carothers as Lu and Helen King as Em, “gossiping over your radio back fence.” Clara finds ten pounds of sugar that she failed to declare to the War Ration Board. Pillsbury Flour, CBS. (12 min)
COUNTERSPY (6-8-42) Don McLaughlin stars as David Harding, chief of U.S. counterspies. Harding investigates the alleged suicide of a Washington official and discovers a Nazi espionage plot. Sustaining, BLUE. (30 min)
SEALTEST VILLAGE STORE (5-6-48) Jack Carson stars, with Eve Arden, Ilene Woods, Hy Averback, Hans Conried, Mel Blanc, Frank DeVol and the Orchestra. Jack discusses his Naval ancestry and organizes a sea cruise. Sealtest, NBC. (28 min)

SATURDAY, JUNE 10

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (6-14-42) On Flag Day, the president speaks to the nation about the Four Freedoms. NBC BLUE. (8 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (11-16-51) Ozzie and Harriet Nelson star, with sons David and Rick playing themselves, John Brown, Herb Vigran. All the boys, young and old, are fascinated by the activity at a construction site. Heinz Foods, ABC. (30 min)
VOICE OF NEW YORK (6-16-42) Reporting from outside New York’s Astor Hotel, “Well-known news commentator” Gabriel Heatter talks with New Yorkers about the New York War Bond Pledge Campaign. WOR. (14 min)
LIFEBUOY SHOW (4-6-37) Al Jolson stars, with Martha Raye, Harry (Parkyakarkus) Einstein, Victor Young and the Orchestra, and the show’s new announcer, Tiny Ruffner. Al performs a medley of some of his biggest hits; Martha sings “Shoeshine Boy.” Lifebuoy Soap, CBS. (29 min)
DIMENSION X (4-22-50) “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” is a radio version of the story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. A mild-mannered professor learns that his mind has become a powerful weapon. Cast includes Bill Quinn, Ed Jerome, Karl Weber. Norman Rose is narrator. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
MEET CORLISS ARCHER (9-16-56) Janet Waldo stars as Corliss, with Sam Edwards as Dexter, Fred Shields and Mary Jane Croft as Mr. and Mrs. Archer, Ken Christy as Mr. Franklin. Corliss decides that boyfriend Dexter should become a lawyer like her father. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)

SATURDAY, JUNE 17
75 YEARS OF SUSPENSE - 1

SUSPENSE (6-17-42) “The Burning Court” stars Charlie Ruggles with Julie Hayden in the first show of “a new series frankly dedicated to your horrification and entertainment.” A party is interrupted when a mystery writer accuses one of the guests of murder. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (8-21-43) “Sorry, Wrong Number” starring Agnes Moorehead in her second performance of the story by Lucille Fletcher. An invalid woman overhears a conversation of death. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
SUSPENSE (12-5-46) “The House in Cypress Canyon” starring Robert Taylor, with Cathy Lewis, Hand Conried, Howard Duff, Jim Backus. A husband and wife move into a new house, where they hear unearthly cries and see blood oozing from under a locked door. Roma Wines, CBS. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (1-10-48) “The Kandy Tooth” stars Howard Duff as Sam Spade in the second one-hour show in the series. Casper Gutman and Joel Cairo return to ask Spade to find a treasure more valuable than The Maltese Falcon. Robert Montgomery hosts, with Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, Cathy Lewis, Jay Novello, William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Edwards Jr., Sidney Miller. Sustaining, CBS. (35 min and 24 min)
SUSPENSE (2-3-49) “Backseat Driver” starring Jim and Marian Jordan (a.k.a Fibber McGee and Molly) as a couple who leave a movie and find an unwanted passenger in their car. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, JUNE 24
75 YEARS OF SUSPENSE - 2

SUSPENSE (11-16-50) “On a Country Road,” starring Cary Grant in the famous story of a husband and wife, returning from a picnic, who hear a news bulletin about an escaped lunatic armed with a meat cleaver. With Cathy Lewis, Jeanette Nolan, Joseph Kearns, Larry Thor. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)

SUSPENSE (2-10-55) “Diagnosis of Death” starring Jeanne Bates and Lawrence Dobkin. When a man mistakenly believes he has a short time to live, his wife and doctor must find him before he takes his own life. Cast includes Jerry Hausner, Dick Beals, Helen Kleeb, Charlie Lung, Barney Phillips. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
SUSPENSE (11-11-56) “Three Skeleton Key” starring Vincent Price in the famous story about a lighthouse... and a ship covered in rats. Cast: John Dehner, Ben Wright. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (4-11-16) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with actress Evelyn Rudie, who looks back on her career in radio, television and the stage. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (33 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Spring 2017 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (5-18-58) “Zero Hour” starring Evelyn Rudie, with Lillian Buyeff, Ellen Morgan, Karl Swenson, Vic Perrin. Ray Bradbury’s famous story about a mysterious game called “Invasion.” Sustaining, CBS. (21 min)
SUSPENSE (11-24-49) “The Long Wait” starring Burt Lancaster with Betty Lou Gerson. Upon his release from prison, an ex-con looks for the woman who caused his brother to kill himself. Cast includes Wally Maher, Lawrence Dobkin, Sidney Miller. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)

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